Lawn Party in Spring, April 13, 1964. (William L. LaForce, Baltimore Sun photo)

Spring starts on Thursday at 12:57 p.m. EDT. Allegedly, anyway. We’ll believe it when we see it. We want photographic evidence, too — robins and crocuses, for starters, and people eating their lunch outside.

We’d like to think that the Baltimore Sun intended these photographs as documentary proof that spring had finally arrived in Baltimore.

Take William LaForce’s photograph from 50 years ago of teenagers (!) picnicking in Druid Hill Park. Maybe it was just a great Sunday afternoon for taking photographs, but we think the spring of 1964 must have gotten off to a chilly start. The caption for this Monday morning photograph read:

"In spring a young man’s fancy turns to a picnic on the grass, and Harold Simons, 17, chose a plot of grass by the Druid Hill Reservoir as the perfect spot to share a sandwich with Arlyn Levy, 16, and enjoy a perfect day under the cherry blossoms."


Preston Gardens, April 6, 1975. (Ellis J. Malashuk, Baltimore Sun photo)

Likewise, Ellis Malashuk’s photograph of women taking a Monday afternoon lunch break on the steps of Preston Gardens seems like it was intended to amaze Baltimore Sun readers — “Look, it’s warm enough to eat outside — can you believe it.”

On the back of the photograph these words appear: “Warm day — sun out — girls eat and chat”


Lunch with a View, March 31, 1977. (Weyman D. Swagger, Baltimore Sun photo

The caption for the “Lunch with a View” photo read:

"Larry Marine and Dana Burton talk quietly yesterday as they finish their lunch outside the Maryland Statehouse in Annapolis. The cannon sits on the slope above State Circle, overlooking the town."

Granted, this photograph may have been inspired more by the groovy threads than anything else.

But on the back, Swagger had written that the couple “took advantage of the warm weather to have lunch…”